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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 534W, on prisoners, whether he has recently (a) raised concerns with and (b) issued statements to the government of Israel in relation to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
I discussed this matter during my visit in June with the Minister of Justice, indicating the UK's concerns about both the detention and the treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including children. The British ambassador to Tel Aviv most recently raised the issue on
The Government of Israel has reaffirmed to us its commitment to treating prisoners in line with international human rights standards. The UK will continue to monitor the situation with regard to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and encourage the Government of Israel to meet its stated commitments.